Erick Green broke Virginia Tech’s single season scoring record, but the Hokies still lost to Wake Forest 90-79 on Sunday afternoon in Winston-Salem. Tech finished 13-18 overall, 4-14 in the ACC, and they’ll be the #12 seed in the ACC Tournament. Wake finished the regular season 13-17 overall, and 6-12 in league play.
Erick Green scored 35 points for the Hokies. He was 9-of-18 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range, and 14-of-18 from the free throw line. It was two late free throws that gave Green 786 points this season, one ahead of the 785 points scored by Bimbo Coles during the 1989-90 season. Green has played in 31 games, while Coles also played in 31.
Marquis Rankin also added 15 points for the Hokies. He was 7-of-10 from the field, and showed and improved ability to finish around the basket. Jarell Eddie added 13 points, while Cadarian Raines scored eight.
Tech shot 49.1% from the field, and had a good offensive game overall. However, defense continued to be a struggle. Wake Forest shot 59.2% from the field, 56.3% from three-point range, and they had 21 assists on 29 made baskets.
Hokie defenders continued to struggle to be in the right spots on the court, and yet again they didn’t get through screens and close out on shooters. C.J. Harris scored a career-high 29 points on his Senior Day, and he made all six of his three-point attempts.
The Hokies will tip off at approximately 2:30pm on Thursday afternoon. They will take on the #5 seed, which will be either UVA or NC State. Update: Virginia earned the #4 seed with a win over Maryland Sunday night, so the Hokies will battle #5 seed NC State.